Activities: OWLL oohoo Web-based Language Lab (formerly MoodLL)

mod_languagelab
Maintained by Picture of Patrick Thibaudeau Patrick Thibaudeau, Picture of Nicolas Bretin Nicolas Bretin
This is a new version (v3) of what used to be MoodLL. Basically, this replaces the traditional cassette tape language lab. There is a module for students to record themselves and teachers to review and grade the work. This version also includes a class monitor. So, if a teacher uses it inside the classroom, he/she can monitor student progress the same way they used the traditional language lab by listening to live streams of the students, responding live to students, giving a thumbs up and so on.
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Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

This new version is a complete rewrite. Although flash is still used for recording, the majority of the module is now in HTML5. We have rewritten all interfaces, making it  intuitive to use.

This module replaces traditional cassette based language labs.

Features:

Students view

  • New - VIDEO Recording Available
  • New - Flash configuration pops-up automatically when not configured.
  • New - Configuration button available on the page.
  • New - Intuitive New recording button.
  • New - player recorder with forward/rewind slider. Also more intuitive buttons.
  • New - Delete button. Students can now delete a recording. Recorded files are now deleted on the Red5 server.
  • New - Download as MP3 button
  • New - Raise hand button. In conjunction with the Class Monitor, students can notify teachers that they need help.

Teachers view

 

  • New - VIDEO Recording Available
  • New - Allow students to delete or not their records
  • New - Flash configuration pops-up automatically when not configured.
  • New - Configuration button available on the page.
  • New - Student list refreshes automatically. The teacher no longer has to reload the page in order tho see new recordings
  • New - Can delete student recordings
  • New - Can download student recordings in MP3 format
  • New - More intuitive interface
  • New - Player/Recorder forward/rewind slider
  • New - Intuitive Class Monitor. Listen to and speak to students individually or to the whole class.
  • New - Raise hand indicator to easily see which student needs help.
  • New - Recordings button. The teacher no longer has to leave the Class Monitor in order to listen to student recordings

Administration 

  • New - RAP (Red5 Adapter Plugin). When properly configured, this plugin communicates with OWL and deletes, converts recorded files. This helps in keeping a clean server.
  • New - Files on the Red5 server are now in seperate folders according to activity.

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Contributors

Picture of Patrick Thibaudeau
Patrick Thibaudeau (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Nicolas Bretin
Nicolas Bretin: Programmer
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  • Picture of Henry Chung
    Tue, 26 May 2015, 3:41 AM
    When you add an activity I assume Language Lab - OWLL shows up in the list, when you select that you should get a Flash pop up about selecting/allowing a microphone. Select and click ok, In order to record a master track in Firefox you need to disable Adobe Flash protected mode. Are you able to get this far? I assume that your red 5 server is running and the RAP test came back ok?
  • Picture of jean-renaud despres
    Tue, 26 May 2015, 4:06 AM
    Hello. I don' t have, the Flash pop, in any browser I 've tried ...

  • Picture of Henry Chung
    Fri, 29 May 2015, 6:49 PM
    Can you check your configuration by running the RAP test. Point your browser to http://your.moodle.site/mod/languagelab/raptest.php
    you need to be logged into Moodle with a admin account
  • Picture of Hamed Azimi
    Tue, 16 Jun 2015, 6:56 PM
    Hi,

    I have the same problem with some other users and I get "Connecting to server..." error on the Language lab activity page. Any Hints?

    Best,
    Hamed
  • Picture of Dion Gouws
    Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 3:52 PM
    I am also getting connecting to server but it does not go any further. I have done the raptest.php and get:

    Language Lab configuration checker
    Site is available
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    Your Apache/PHP server is working, now checking RAP configuration...
    Congratulations, your RAP configuration is working!
    Checking the ffmpeg availability...
    Command "ffmpeg" founded and executable
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Checking the version of the RAP...
    RAP version version OK.
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    The streaming server is running and available.

    Any advice will be much appreciated.

  • Picture of Dion Gouws
    Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 5:03 PM
    Is it possible that it only works with red version 1.0.0?
  • C'est moi :-)
    Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 5:13 PM
    I would like to know if this plugin is still maintained, and if there are plans to make it compatible with latest maintained Moodle versions (including 3.1)?
  • Picture of wz z
    Mon, 20 Jun 2016, 2:29 PM
    I have the same question whether it is compatible with Moodle 3.x? Anyone succeeded in installing it with Moodle 3.x?
  • Picture of Alex Hosmer
    Wed, 22 Jun 2016, 1:32 AM
    We've updated to Moodle 3.1 and it was broken. I had to remove it from the mod folder to complete the database upgrade. I hope to see it updated with webRTC tools to replace flash. Flash will be short lived for Chrome and Safari come this Fall.
  • Picture of Alex Hosmer
    Sat, 24 Sep 2016, 5:55 AM
    I wanted to update my last post. The version of this plugin has been updated in the Source Control URL: https://github.com/oohoo/moodle-mod_languagelab. This version works fine with Moodle 3.1.
  • Picture of wz z
    Tue, 1 Nov 2016, 8:34 PM
    @Alex Hosmer, have you made RAP work? I mean teacher can upload a MP3 file as master track, and users can download converted MP3 file. I setup RAP and test passed, but it does not work.
  • Picture of jianjun xie
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 4:52 AM
    I can't install sucessfully on Moodle3.2, when checking the raptest.php, it shows :
    Site is available
    Checking the version of the RAP
    The version of the RAP files is not the one expected by the language lab.

    Please check you have updated the version or your RAP files.
    Version expected = 2015100900
    Version found = No input file specified.
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    The streaming server is running and available.
  • Picture of jianjun xie
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 6:45 AM
    Shall I also make changes to the RAP under the Moodle Mod ? or Delete it ?
  • Picture of jianjun xie
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 12:18 PM
    Besides, I get confused with the lines on the RAP installation manual "Keep in mind that RAP is installed on the Red5 Server, NOT THE MOODLE server. You will need a web server such as Apache or IIS, if installing on Windows, on your Red5 server." What does it really mean by "on Red5 Server not Moodle Server" ? Shall I set up two web servers respectively for both Moodle and Red5 ? Actually, at the moment, I have only one web server on my Linux Debain host and I install Moodle under /www ; May I copy the contents of RAP into /www ? However, I find another "www" under "/var", that is "/var/www" on my host. I find it hard to choose which /www as the root folder for RAP. Please make it clear, thanks a lot!
  • Picture of Todd Leishman
    Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 11:23 PM
    Hello, I am trying to use your language lab module in Moodle 3.1. If I upload an MP3 file to use as the master track, and then check the box to use the uploaded file, the students cannot play/hear the master track. I'm not sure where to begin to troubleshoot. Does the master track get stored on the moodle server or on the Red5 server? How can I determine why it won't play? If the teacher records a file to use as the Master Track it works fine.
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